We’ve been looking forward to Envelope’s Shark Bolt for some time. So when I got an advance a few weeks ago, I was very freakin pleased. I have been bumping it consistently since. I kind of make it a point not to write involved reviews ’cause I know how relative they can be (see this very skewed review as an example). But I did go in a bit on Envelope’s style when the first single leaked. In the one sheet, Blueprint describes his man’s style in a similar fashion as “regular dude raps,” contrasting it with battle raps or street raps. To add to that, I would just point out that most of our lives are made up of regular dude type things. Which is why Envelope and his regular dude raps are so damn meaningful. “Looking In” features Blueprint vocals and production. A two verse piece, both MCs show their grace on the mic while discussing social perspective. This track is an example of the excellent craftsmanship that can be found throughout the album. Hard beats, unexaggerated, intelligent and sincere lyrics. If you are going to buy one cd this year, let this be it. Peace to Weightless for the promo and to Envelope for his time.

Envelope Q&A

Envelope - Shark Bolt

Envelope – Looking In ft. Blueprint


Someone you look up to, dead or alive

Roberto Clemente

Someone you look down on


Other than music, what’s worth living for?

Teethsuckers w/ an ass

You fasted all day, what are you dieing to eat?

Pussy, cause id be lookin all cut and shit

You’re at a party, what’s your drink?

Steel Reserve, so no one asks me to share

Name a song you can’t stand.

that handlebar shit

You’re going to be deaf by morning, what do you ask to listen to?

sam cooke

Life after death? Yes/No

hope so

How do you hope to be remembered?

at all

How do you hope you are not remembered?

“oh…. that asshole”

Free verse, anything else on your mind?

paying my mortgage

revised 07.13.08